Sunday, 26 August 2012

Coffee Break: Coffee Cali, Hebden Bridge

In the Hebden Bridge area and fancy a coffee? Check out Coffee Cali...

Small in size, but offering an excellent selection of freshly prepared food, Coffee Cali is at the heart of Hebden Bridge, providing the town with their daily coffee needs - and also some very hungry ducks, who like to join in if you dine al fresco!

Look out for their coffee with a musical twist - Well worth a visit if you're in the area!



Thursday, 23 August 2012

Cake Break: Il Cappuccio, Widnes

Searching for a good place for lunch after a busy morning atmy local newspaper, I hopped out of the rain into this lovely coffee shop, IlCappuccio. The café is a lovely mix of modern, traditional and Italian withleather interiors, cute tea sets and countless types of hot beverages.
To warm my rain soaked self, I ordered cream of tomato soupand a latte. I was pleasantly surprised with the extra effort that went withthis simple dish which was wonderfully presented with a sprinkling of herbs anda warm crusty roll. Delish!

My cake-less coffee shop lunch cost just under £5. IlCappuccio isn’t really about the cake – just good surroundings, good coffeeand yummy food.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Great British Afternoon Tea

There's nothing more British than a good-old-fashioned afternoon tea and since we at ATC have something of a penchant for the pastime, we couldn't let a week of national celebration go by without doing something special to mark it. So in the true spirit of the occasion, we've gone off in search of your favourite post-noon treats, seeking out the help of our lovely twitter friends along the way. Here are a few of our favourites...

Afternoon Tea at Lands End

This delicious looking cream tea was taken by @lindaloves2012 at Lands End. We're not sure which tea room it's originated from, but coming from the home of the cream tea - cornwall - we're betting that it was truely scrumptious. The clotted cream in particular looks amazing. Certainly one to look out for if you're ever in the area!

Eilis and Kat's Afternoon Tea.

You don't have to travel far for a yummy afternoon tea if you've got the right ingredients at home. Check out these creative cakey treats submitted by @goodgobbleblog who spent an afternoon with two little helpers, making banana and chocolate sour cream cake. Check out their blog for the recipe -we're thinking of giving it a go too!


3. "High Tea" at Hilton Deansgate, Manchester

This fancy little afternoon treat was submitted by @cakesbysian from her visit to Cloud 23 at the Hilton Deansgate.
Their special “High Teas” are served between noon and 4 pm daily and serve up some of the best tea – and views – the city has to offer.
For £16.95 you can treat yourself to a selection of fingersandwiches, scones and a choice of cakes from eclairs to Victoria sponge plusunlimited tea or coffee. If you’re feeling fancy, make it a champagne afternoonfor an extra £10.
Hilton’s Cloud 23 is the epitome of modern, city chic décor.Mesh seats, high tables and even a private lift to get you there, it reallydoes make you feel on top of the world.

4. Bistro 1847, Manchester

@VintageMCR recommended an afternoon at Manchester's only vegetarian bistro. Looking at the yummy photos on their website - their afternoon tea might be worth turning veggie for the afternoon!

Below is a photo from @VintageMCR's visit to the Bistro. Check out their review HERE


5. The Ash Tea Rooms, Reddish

This elegant afternoon tea was tweeted by @ChattyMand from her visit to this quaint tea room in Stockport. Beautifully presented and those freshly baked scones look absolutely delicious. We're adding this one to our cake bucket list!


We don't know about you, but all this talk of tea and cake has got us feeling everso slightly peckish, so we're off out to find ourselves some early-evening-afternoon-tea...
We'll be back soon with some more reviews from our travels, but in the meantime, if you have any comments or pictures that you'd like to share with us, then send them to or drop us a tweet @TeacupReview.

Happy National Afternoon Tea Week Everyone!

- Laura and Caroline


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Coffee Break: Minstrels Gallery, Hawkshead

My personal favourite... Victoria Sandwich!

If you like traditional surroundings and a peaceful ambiance, then Minstrels Gallery in Hawkshead is the place for you. With only four tables and a cabinet of Royal memorabilia, this coffee shop is cosy, intimate and perfect for a quiet afternoon. What’s more, all of their cakes are deliciously home made and very reasonably priced, with their range including everything from carrot cake to Devil’s food cake and much, much more.

Check out their website at:


Coffee Break: Apple Charlottes, Arndale Market, Manchester

In a world where having to splash out over £2 for a fancy cupcake has become pretty much the norm, you come to not really expect much from one that costs less.

But Apple Charlottes does just the opposite and for only £1 you can treat youself to a few of their fabulous different flavours!

The bakery on Manchester's Arndale Market offers a vast selection of cupcakes, brownies and muffins. My favourites have got to be the vanilla and chocolate orange flavours. Beautifully frosted with buttercream and glitter - and they really do taste as good as they look! Soft, creamy and the perfect amount of fluffiness - I could eat these cakes forever but unfortunately I enjoy being able to fit through my front door.

Just delightful.


P.s Head over to Manchester Arndale's website and download yourself their summer deals booklet where you'll find a voucher for a free Apple Charlottes' cupcake! (T&Cs apply) Manchester Arndale Voucher Booklet 

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

National Afternoon Tea Week

Yesterday marked the start of National Afternoon Tea week and with us being everso slightly partial to a bit of tea and cake, we got very excited at the prospect of a whole week dedicated to our favourite pastime!

So what is National Afternoon Tea Week?

In their press release said this...


It has been a year of celebrations with the Diamond Jubilee and Team GB success at the Olympics igniting a renewed sense of patriotism. The celebrations continue during National Afternoon Tea Week from 13th to 19th August.

Keith Newton, Managing Director of says "Afternoon Tea is more popular than ever and bookings through the website are up by over 25% on the same time last year".

"National Afternoon Tea Week is our way of celebrating a great British tradition. We want to encourage more people to try it for the first time and have negotiated some fabulous discounts during August"

Over 30 venues in London and across the UK are offering 25% off Afternoon Tea, including 5-star Brown's Hotel in Mayfair, famous as the inspiration for Agatha Christie's ‘At Bertram's Hotel'.

Afternoon Tea is also very child friendly and makes a great family treat during the summer holidays. Some hotels even offer special children's menus at a fraction of the adult price.

Keith Newton added that "Afternoon Tea seems to be recession proof. It's a special treat, an occasional indulgence. You can get Afternoon Tea from just £10 in central London and our customers like the fact that it's a fixed price, with no surprises."

National Afternoon Tea Week run from 13th to 19th August, with exclusive offers and discounts available throughout August at

Are you as excited as we are?

At the Afternoon Tea Club HQ we like to celebrate things, so to mark this exciting tea-filled week, we want to hand the reviewing power over to you, by featuring YOUR afternoon teas. Be they a cake and coffee at Starbucks, or a full blown finger sandwich fest at the Ritz, we want to see where you're going and what you've been eating.

To get involved all you need to do is tweet or email us your pictures along with a few words about where they're from to

We can't wait to see what yummy treats you have in store for us!

Lots of Love

Laura and Caroline
(The Afternoon Tea Club)

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